More MemoryJune 23, 2008
In Deep Memory, I explored the nature of memory and its deep roots in experience.
This leads to some practical applications. If we understand that memory is at the root of all experience, that it gives structure to everything we know, then we have a deep insight into the nature of experience.
Understanding what it is we experience and how we experience allows us step back a little, to step out of the experience and choose to experience it another way. Rather than being caught up in it, we can shift gears and allow what is much more easily. We can allow the events to flow through our lives and see them for what they are.
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What are some of the words we use for memory?
- the past
- training & education
- our story
- physical objects
- atomic structure
It may seem odd to refer to some of this as forms of memory, but if memory is what holds structure in consciousness, all structure in our experience, then the underlying structure of all things is memory. Indeed the experience itself is memory. I mention examples from the physical world as it too is structured in consciousness, thus memory. We simply need to consider that if sub-atomic particles are continuously being created and destroyed, what holds the pattern that keeps structures intact? How does a particle know into what form it should reform? Memory. Of course, not the memory of the particle itself but the memory structure of the substrata into which the particle finds itself manifesting.
You may notice another thread in the list. Learning. Pretty much all of our experience is learned. Its is programmed from and to memory. Not only do we exist to experience, we exist to remember.
When we work to change habits, reprogram ideas, work through our attachments, release old emotional baggage and so forth, we are editing our individual memory. This can have profound changes on our life experience as we are changing the structure of our experiences. But we are still just editing the low end. Moving into the moment, aided by clearing what gets in the way of that, is a much faster route to a more profound life.
Essentially all of expression is the progressive detailing of memory, progressively more individuated experience. Taking the One into detail. The One patterns that in memory. Curiously, we could say life is here to fill in all the gaps in memory but that implies time. The memory is already all there. It would be more true to say life is here to enliven it, to express what already is.
It can be hard to grasp that everything we experience is structured in memory. But you can probably recall a time when you confused a dream with waking state. Perhaps you “remembered” something from a dream then realized it wasn’t real. Memories are not laid in by the experience, they are the experience. This is why some people have total recall. It’s why others experiences can be described and recalled by sound (name and form in Sanskrit). Why some talk of ideas like the “akashic records”. (Akasha means space or aether. We might also call this mind space) And why it’s difficult to just be in the moment. Being in the moment is being. Experiencing is memory and from the individual value of memory, it is the past.
The sloppy event memory most of us carry about our lives is but one value of memory and it’s much muddied and revisionist. This is ego-managed memory and cannot be counted on for much. It is edited for the purpose of our story, to support the things we tell ourselves about how it is. There are deeper values of memory that are outside the illusion and give structure to what is. In Sanskrit, this is called Veda or knowledge.
Perhaps this illustrates how profoundly a shift from living in memory to living in the moment can be. Living in the moment is still in memory, but we are shifting upscale, from individual memory and past, from deep illusion, up into the higher echelons of mind. Inspired mind, divine mind.
It also shows how if we take charge of memory, we take charge of life.